Monday, April 17, 2017

Eating Cereal :: G-R-R-Relational Aesthetics

    I'm not sure this piece would have been relational, if people hadn't spoken back to me, but it felt good to tell everyone about the genuinely very boring life experience I have with cereal and various kinds of milk. I don't consider myself a political artist, but I found myself veering in that direction, in my discussion of milks and their means of production.
    What I felt worked well about this was the fact that I did it in a "gallery" type setting with cameras all over me but I successfully ate the cereal and had a conversation like I would have if I had eaten the cereal at lunch an hour earlier. I think everyone there could see that, and that's what made it work. What made it relational was the fact that two people said they had had similar experiences to mine with cereal and Raisin Bran!

Relational Documentation from 4.17.17








Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tara Bogart: Immoderation, success, and material


    Reading Relational Aesthetics has increasingly made me wonder what art would not be considered relational, when it really came down to it -- it seems like most work that appears in a gallery forms the kind of immediate micro-community that Bourriaud calls relational when one interacts with it. Tara Bogart's work in particular made me consider the relational nature of work shown in a gallery -- in the photos above, for instance, there is a clear relationship between the three women whose rooms are represented, and there is a clear space for the viewer to inhabit. In terms of the viewer's role, these works remind me of YB Artist Tracey Emin, and how many of her works simultaneously invite the viewer into a private space and tell the viewer to leave, because of the private, uncomfortable nature of the work in the gallery setting. 
    The fact that these are photographs raises other questions, however: would these works be more or less relational if the objects represented actually appeared in the gallery?  Can a photograph ever be relational? Am I simply applying the label relational because I recently read about it, or is there really something relational about these three images?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Facebook live Mood Ring :: NG :: 4.4.17

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Images and their context - Tyanna Buie artist lecture response - The frame is everything

Tyanna Buie's portraits were consistently striking, but the ones that held the most power, in my mind, were the side-of-face mug shots of her family members that she touched up and placed in ornate, gilded frames. The profile in the gold oblong frame, so consistently associated with the European bourgeoisie and royalty, lends a very direct and elevating power to these profiles that otherwise are associated strongly with their original context - the world of the prison industrial complex.

Buie has not, however, stripped these images of their original context, nor has she stripped the elite, wealthy associations from the frames she uses; instead, they become part of the same symbolic item that commemorates the lives of these black (mostly) men who are photographed carelessly in the same position the wealthy elites were painted in centuries ago, before they (the contemporary men) are locked up, part of the ongoing narrative of their lives that otherwise have little in common with those old European aristocrats.